Local cricket – round 12

New Norfolk II opening batsman Rohan Heron scored 102
during his team’s big win on Saturday.

Southern Cricket Association 
Men’s 50-over matches (Derwent Valley games)
Round 12

FIRST GRADE: New Norfolk I sit five points clear on top of the First Grade ladder after defeating Sorell by seven wickets at Pembroke Park on Saturday. After winning the toss, the Red Caps put the Eagles into bat and bowled them out for 124 off 38.5 overs. Jye Lester did the early damage with the ball, removing both openers with just 15 on the board and finishing with 2-13 (5). Jason Rigby was also tight taking 2-17 (6) as was Josh Rowlands with 2-12 (4). Seb Wishart 2-15 (5) did no wrong and Jordan Banks-Smith was 2-22 (4.5). In the run chase, it was captain Matthew Bowden leading from the front with a well-made half-century of 56 not out from 68 deliveries. Bowden creamed five 4s and one 6 in his unbeaten innings and shared a 67-run partnership with Jason Rigby who remained 29no from just 32 balls, hitting four 4s. Opener Arron Drew made 28 from just 17, hitting four 4s and one 6.

SECOND GRADE: Thanks to superb century from Rohan Heron, New Norfolk II defeated MacKillop by the big margin of 150 runs and all but locked in top spot of the Second Grade ladder with two roster matches remaining. Winning the toss and batting, the Red Caps hit up the good score of 7/251 from its 50 overs. Heron set the tone for the day with a top score of 102 from just 138 deliveries. The in-form batsman hit 13 well-struck 4s and two 6s in a score that in the end was more than all the opposition batsmen put together. From seven matches this season, Mr Reliable has made 378 runs with average of 63. Heron put on 96 with fellow opener and captain Jake King who made 34 (59) with three 4s and two 6s. He then did likewise with another 96-run stand with first drop Sam Hoggett who made 64 (71), belting five 4s and one 6. Richard Graham made 22 (17) two 4s. In reply, the visitors were bundled out for 101 off 30.2 overs. With the ball for the winners, opener Stewart Rice – who at one stage was on a hat-trick – took 3-18 (8) with three maidens. Jamie Hill took the last couple of wickets taking 2-10 (3.2), Bradley Chaplin 2-22 (6), Josh Walsh was tight 1-17 (5) and Nathan Rice 1-21 (4).

At Richmond, Gretna I missed its chance of taking second spot on the ladder, going down to Richmond/Cambridge by six wickets. The home side won the toss and sent Gretna in to bat, bowling them out for 107 from 40 overs. In reply, the Lions chased down the score finishing 4/108 off 36 overs. With the bat for Gretna, first drop Rhys Browning top-scored with 25 (one 4). Jackson Ackerly made 18 and Aaron Maddox 15, with both hitting two 4s each. Best of the bowlers were spinners Craig Cunningham with a very tight spell of 1-6 off five overs with two maidens and Ben Rainbird 1-14 (7).

In the match at Boyer Oval, Molesworth lost easily to Derwent by nine wickets. Winning the toss, Derwent sent in the home side and dismissed them for the low score of 61 off 27.1 overs. Captain Brad Coppleman was the only batsman to reach double figures, with a lone hand of 35 from 59 deliveries, hitting fours 4s and one 6. Their were five ducks. The wicket-taker for Molesworth was Josh Ransley with 1-3 (0.3).

FOURTH GRADE: Bothwell I continued on its merry way, racking up its seventh straight win defeating third-placed Hobart by four wickets at Wentworth Park. The Bucks won the toss and sent Hobart in to bat. Hobart made 10/143 from 33.5 overs. Captain Cody Eyles – who has taken 23 wickets to date – sent down 9.5 overs to capture 5-27. Eyles had three maidens during his excellent spell and removed five of the top six Hobart batsmen. Brock Nichols took 2-20 (5.5). Josh Eyles 2-26 (8) and Mark Pearce 1-51 (6). In reply, the Bucks finished 6/145 from 35 overs. Mathew Eyles top-scored and just missed a half century with 49 hitting six 4s and one 6. Opener Joey Eyles, who has been in great touch of late, made 40 hitting eight well-struck 4s. Josh Eyles made 26 from 21 deliveries with three 4s and two 6s. Cody Eyles remained 16no with one 4 and one 6.

FIFTH GRADE: New Norfolk II broke its losing run when it easily defeated Sorell by seven wickets at Campania. After winning the toss, the Red Caps sent the Eagles into bat, who made just 82 from 36.3 overs. Continuing on from his double hat-trick, captain Nathan Heron showed his brother it was no fluke in a great spell yet again taking 4-12 from six overs that included three maidens. Dave Mitchelmore was also tight taking 2.4 (3.3) two maidens, as did Jordan Gittus who sent down six overs taking 2-13 in a great spell. Ryan Banks-Smith gave great support with 1-21 (7). In reply, New Norfolk took just 17.4 overs to chase down the target finishing 3/84. Second drop Ryan Banks-Smith put on a very well-made 38no with four well-struck 4s. Jordan Gittus made 17no, the pair putting on 67 to see their team home in a great win.

After three wins on the trot, Gretna II went down to ladder-leaders Lindisfarne by 27 runs. Playing at home, Lindisfarne won the toss and elected to bat making 7/156 from its 50 overs. In reply, Gretna lost regular wickets, but was still a chance right till the end finishing 10/129 off 41.4 overs. Adam Browning top-scored with 23 (three 4s). Jordan Hastie made 22 (one 4) and Andrew McKenzie 13, while Jacob Blackwell hung around at the end remaining 4no. With the ball, Adam Browning continued his good form taking 3-20 off 10 in a good spell. Josh Whitford 1-18 (8), Ross Langford 1-40 (10) and young Jacob Blackwell got his first wicket 1-41 (8) with his spinners which was caught by the keeperm his dad, Glenn Blackwell. Congratulations to players Zac Crosswell who played his 100th club match for Gretna and to Andrew McKenzie who played his 50th club match for Gretna – this was also his 50th for Gretna II.

SEVENTH GRADE: Molesworth II had a five-wicket win on Sunday when it defeated home side Claremont at Abbotsfield Park. The Magpies won the toss, electing to bat and making 8/172 from their allotted 40 overs. In reply, Molesworth chased down the runs off 34.3 overs, finishing 5/174. Brothers Nathan  and Nick Wakefield put on a great opening stand of 75 to get their team on a roll. Nick top-scored with 36 (51) hitting four 4s while Nathan made 29 (44) with three 4s. Ben Triffett made a quickfire 30no from 33 hitting three 4s, while Shayne Upton was out in unfortunate fashion hitting his wicket for 27 (three 4s). Earlier with the ball, Ben Triffett had a good day taking 3-26 off 8 overs. Daniel Williams picked up 2-28 (5).

Playing at home, Bothwell II recorded a big eight-wicket win over St Virgil’s. Winning the toss, the Bucks sent the visitors into bat and dismissed them 9/87 off 30.3 overs. One batsman did not bat. In reply, Bothwell finished 2/89 off 15 overs. Beau Kline made 19no. Ashley Browning 15 (15 balls) three 4s. Nathan White 10 and Dylan Branch 8no off 12. The best of the Bucks bowlers were captain Peter Hansch with 2 for just 10 from five overs. Blake Eyles was just as tight with 2-10 (4.1) while Adam Pearce took 2-20 (5).


Round 13, to be played on February 15-16. All matches start at 10:30am.

Saturday: New Norfolk I v Claremont at Tynwald Park.

Saturday: Gretna I v St Anne’s at Gretna; Molesworth I v New Norfolk II at Boyer Oval.

Saturday: Bothwell I v Richmond/Cambridge at Richmond.

Sunday: Gretna II v Montagu Bay at Gretna; New Norfolk III v Rokeby at Tynwald Park.

Sunday: Bothwell II v Montagu Bay at Geilston Bay; Molesworth II v Campania at Richmond.

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